The Next Great Artist is the title of the new reality show on Bravo, airing tonight at 11pm EST. I’m not a big fan of these type of shows but this might be interesting since they tout, “One of our goals for this show is for people to realize that art is all around them.” That sounds like Art is Everywhere to me…
Fourteen artists will compete (similar to other Bravo shows, Project Runway or Top Chef) for $100,000 and the opportunity for a solo exhibit. Check these links for more information and here’s a clip:
And the latest NY Times article, which is a bit of tough reality, but refreshingly real or revealing.
Actually, I have my mind on a workshop that I’m taking tomorrow (more later) but what I’m really missing is Lost. Like so many others, I was a big fan; although, I did have my turn off seasons. I was surprisingly sad when the series ended but even more so, I was sad that this type of intelligent entertainment, with subtle hidden messages, mystery and intrigue and allegorical and other high brow allusions was ending. Other shows of this nature just don’t exist in television today.
I thought the last episode was beautifully done and this past season was my favorite discussing the balance of good and evil and protecting it. When you’ve been watching a television series for six years, the characters grow on you. When they leave it’s a little like losing some loved ones — that sadness is there — especially when it is confirmed that they’ve been dead all along (as you’ve suspected). It’s still emotional. We all have our theories about the show but when my husband and I first started watching, Peter said, “Oh they are in Purgatory.” Well, he was kinda right; although, not entirely. They didn’t know they had died and their spirits were living alternative lives until they became aware. They truly were Lost. What complicates matters is that they didn’t all die at once. They died at various times. This shared awakening of their death brings peace and awareness that they had not experienced in the entire six years of the show, nor had the viewers for that matter. The characters, just like the viewers, were always left with questions and uncertainty about what was really happening. But this awareness, because it is the one thing they all have in common, brings them and the viewers together in their understanding and allows the characters and their spirits to finally pass beyond this realm. I felt sadness as the writers describe in the Post article link below, but I also felt happiness for the characters because they had finally found peace.
When I saw this picture in the Post the next day, it really helped to visually makes sense of the importance of each of the characters’ roles. Now I’m going to have to go back and study Leonardo’s Last Supper. Who knew art could have such a wonderful reference as this could pop up in an everyday TV show. Now, that’s good screen writing. I look forward to the next great art TV show.
Here’s a quick follow up to Bravo’s new series, mentioned above — a Work of Art — pun intended. I thought it was well done with all the artists having real individual and creative talent, some more natural technical ability than others but I was surprised how much I liked the show. Tom Conroy’s critique couldn’t have said it better and I agreed with all his comments, some coincidental contradictions were just comical and cheeky but valid. It will be interesting to see what happens next week as I’m sure tension and emotions will be ratcheted up a notch with each show, but I enjoyed this one downplaying the interpersonal relationships and being more about the art.